Queen laying wreath at Cenotaph

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November in 2018, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Below you can find information concerning the National Service of Remembrance, as well as Remembrance Sunday dates for upcoming years.

National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, ensures that no-one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war.

HM The Queen will pay tribute alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers. Representatives of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets and Merchant Air and Navy will be there, as well as faith communities and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.

How can I take part in the National Service of Remembrance?

Each year, veterans participate in the March Past. Places to take part in the Cenotaph March Past on Remembrance Sunday 2018 will be allocated through associations. If you are an individual wishing to apply for tickets please contact your relevant association.

Ex-Service associations can register their interest to take part in the Cenotaph Parade by emailing cenotaph@britishlegion.org.uk

We will be bringing forward the application dates and deadlines so that associations will have the opportunity to reapply for tickets in August should the full 10,000 tickets not be used. The below dates will be the 2018 deadlines:

  • April – Registration email goes out to associations
  • 8 June – Application deadline
  • End of June – TRBL will confirm with associations the number of tickets they have been allocated
  • 20 August – Deadline for associations to complete participant information
  • 31 August – Application will re-open for associations to register additional participants. This will only occur if all 10,000 tickets have not been allocated from the previous stage
  • 24 September – Final deadline for all participant information
  • October – Tickets and joining instructions sent to associations

The number of people who can take part in the March Past is limited to 10,000 people due to capacity and the amount of time participants can reasonably be expected to stand. To achieve fair allocation and wide representation of veterans, the Legion will be rigorously applying the eligibility criteria for the March Past. This is an ex-service personnel march, therefore family representatives will not be eligible to participate.

If you wish to attend the service as a spectator, you can find further information on the website of the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, who are responsible for organising the event.

A Nation's Thank You - the People's Procession

The Royal British Legion organises the annual veteran dispersal and March Past the cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for 10,000 British and Commonwealth former military and civilian Service personnel. In 2018, for the end of the First World War Centenary Commemorations, the Government is organising for an additional 10,000 members of the public to parade past the cenotaph after the Legion organised march has finished. Details on how to apply to the ballot for the public procession are available on the DCMS website. Find out more at https://armistice100.org.uk/procession/ 

Travel on Remembrance Sunday

In addition, serving military personnel attending Remembrance Sunday services, including the Cenotaph service in London on Sunday 11 November, may also receive complimentary travel between any National Rail station - returning the same day - either in uniform or on production of a current Ministry of Defence issued identity card, with their branch of the military stated (British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy). 

Transport for London also have free local travel for military personnel in place on their services - Tube, Tram, London Overground, TfL Rail, DLR and London Bus services - and attendees are advised to check ahead of travelling regarding onward travel arrangements.

There are a number of engineering projects happening over the Remembrance Weekend, and if asked, staff should direct customers to www.nationalrail.co.uk/remembranceweekend

Remembrance Sunday Forthcoming Dates

Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second Sunday in November. The dates of upcoming events are:

10 November 2019

8 November 2020

14 November 2021

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